When I am out with my camera, I am always looking for subjects that might make interesting abstracts or images to play with afterwards. Water is wonderful for this sort of thing because it is always changing. The image above was from the last set that I took at the park. In it's original form it was kind of bland and brown, but i liked the texture and pattern of the water ripples.
All of the colors that you see in this image were present in the water. The colors were simply over powered by the silt in the water and river bottom. I used Lightroom 4's Luminance tool to boost selected areas were I saw colors. Chiefly the blues on the left side of the picture and the reds in center to right of the image. The blues are reflections of the sky in the water. The reddish tones are portions of the color range of the sediments in the water and creek bottom. I also really pushed the blacks to emphasis the texture. To finish it I used the Glamour Glow filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.
Normally, I try to keep colors in a more natural range. However, sometimes it is fun just to play around just to see what you might get.
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